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Building site for school in NY fined for construction hazards

Construction workers headed to a work site in Brooklyn, New York were put in a dangerous situation. The project at this work site involved the construction of a school. Unfortunately for workers, the construction company behind the project was found guilty of almost two dozen serious safety violations.

Each of these violations on their own could have resulted in serious construction injuries.

How were these violations found? The worksite was recently inspected by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Upon conclusion of this investigation, the federal agency stated that the "nature and breadth of these violations [were] disturbing." The agency noted the frustrations were due to the high level of danger present at the site.

What were the violations? OSHA listed some of the more striking violations in a Regional News Release. Within this list, the violations that could result in electrocution or falls include:

  • Electrical violations: Two electrical violations highlighted in the report were the presence of exposed live electrical outlets and damaged electrical cords throughout the site.
  • Failure to provide fall protection: The agency reported that there was no fall protection offered to those workers who were on the edges of this building. This building was very large and required this protection as it was designed to be a six story structure. There was also a failure to have any guardrails around openings in the floor.
  • Unsafe work environment: Although the construction site was dangerous in many ways, a particularly concerning practice involved requiring the workers to climb framing to reach the scaffold to complete their work. This put workers at serious risk of injuries from falls.

This is just a small sampling of the 21 reported violations.

What were the penalties? OSHA takes violations seriously. These types of violations generally lead to two types of penalties. The first is a requirement to comply with regulations. If the company fails to right these wrongs, the project could get shut down.

The second involves monetary punishment. Companies found in violation face a fine, the amount of which varies depending on the details of the violations. In this instance, the company faces a proposed penalty of $49,200.

What if there would have been an accident? Unfortunately, the "what if" behind this question too often becomes a reality. Construction workers that are injured while on the job are often eligible to receive compensation to cover the costs connected to the accident. Depending on the details of the accident, this compensation may be available through workers' comp claim or through a personal injury lawsuit.

Contact an experienced construction site accident lawyer to discuss your case and determine the right course of action.

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